DOH WARNS PUBLIC ON DISCLOSING COVID-19 PATIENTS’ IDENTITIES
The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday warned the public against unauthorized disclosure of coronavirus patients’ names, with violators facing jail time and a fine of up to P2 million.
DOH made the warning after it received reports that a list of COVID-19-positive patients was circulating online.
The DOH reiterated that public health authorities should ensure that the patient’s personal information stays private, as stated under the Republic Act 11332, or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.
A joint memorandum issued by the DOH and the National Privacy Commission also states that only concerned health-care providers, public health authorities, and their authorized personnel shall be allowed access to personal details of COVID-19 cases.
Unauthorized access and illegal disclosure of personal information of COVID-19 patients are penalized under Republic Act 10173, or the Data Privacy Act of 2012, the DOH warned.